Wang, bats pace Yanks in opener

Wang, bats pace Yanks

at Tampa, Fla.
Thursday, March 1

Twins at the plate: Jason Kubel stroked a run-scoring single in the fourth inning off New York reliever T.J. Beam.

Yankees at the plate: Johnny Damon hit the second pitch he saw over the right-field wall for a leadoff home run, and Jason Giambi slugged a two-run shot in the bottom of the second. Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano both added RBIs in the first inning.

Twins on the mound: Starter Carlos Silva allowed five runs and four hits in two innings, including home runs to Damon and Giambi. Kevin Slowey turned in two scoreless innings of relief.

Yankees on the mound: Starter Chien-Ming Wang retired all six batters he faced in a 19-pitch spring debut, including five ground-ball outs. Top prospect Phil Hughes struggled with his command over 1 1/3 innings, particularly with his curveball, walking two and throwing a wild pitch.

Grapefruit League records: Twins 0-1; Yankees 1-0.

Up next: The Twins host the Reds on Friday in Fort Myers at 7:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Ramon Ortiz is slated to start for Minnesota. The Yankees play the Devil Rays in St. Petersburg at 1:05 p.m., with left-handed starter Andy Pettitte scheduled to pitch two innings.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.